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Brad Madix Brad Madix, who is currently front-of-house engineer for Rush, has also mixed for Shania Twain and Def Leppard. If you're having trouble capturing 7/01/2004 8:00 AM Eastern
Brad Madix

Brad Madix, who is currently front-of-house engineer for Rush, has also mixed for Shania Twain and Def Leppard.

If you're having trouble capturing the “complete” snare sound, multiple microphones on the snare top might be a solution. Place two dynamic mics at the edge of the snare in an X/Y pattern and blend them evenly in the console. This dramatically increases the area of the snare top that you pick up while keeping phase issues to a minimum. If you're working with a drummer who plays cross-stick, put a second microphone near the rim where he hits it. I did this on a recent tour and forgot to button it out when he went back to regular snare hits. With some fairly drastic compression, it wound up being an everyday part of the snare sound! This also shows that you can discover cool tricks by accident.

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